Alec Shane

@alecdshane

Literary Agent at Writers House, LLC. Wannabe Patriots sportswriter. ashane@writershouse.com

New York City

Writers House

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 15 Nov 2019

#pubtip I feel like authors worry about the title of their MS, like it can make or break the query.

Of every book I've published, very few kept the original title from beginning to end, and it usually changed multiple times during the editing process. Don't stress it so much.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 31 May 2019

There are a lot of great writers conferences coming up this summer, so a general tip: email your MS if you get a request. No USB drives, hard copies, or anything like that. Don’t give agents/editors more stuff to lug on the plane home. #pubtip

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 26 Jun 2018

Knowing when it's time to put a pin in your current MS, put it aside for now, and start working on something new has to be one of the hardest decisions an author can make. Sometimes your debut novel is the 4th or 5th (or 10th) one you write. #pubtip

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 18 Feb 2018

#pubtip if you'll be going to a writers conference in 2018, please keep in mind that agents/editors attend these things because they WANT to meet you, hear about your book, and sign up a project they love. Never be afraid to approach someone (respectfully) to talk about your work

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 17 Nov 2017

Received a total of 24 passes from editors this week. Authors, it happens to agents too. You just have to keep grinding. #pubtip

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 7 Nov 2017

#pubtip "How little do I have to write to still get a contract?" is never a question I enjoy answering as an agent.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 28 Apr 2017

#pubtip if you're a first-time writer, the first two digits of your manuscript's word count shouldn't be 14.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 16 Feb 2017

#pubtip most agents/editors don't want to fly home from a conference with a bunch of hard copies of self-pubbed books in their carry-on.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 1 Feb 2017

#pubtip if you find the thought of writing a book for free and never making a single cent from it unappealing, you might want to switch jobs

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 6 Oct 2016

#pubtip Have an online presence. Just read a short story, loved it, and was hoping to contact the author about it, but no contact info.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 11 Feb 2016

#pubtip not every author and agent is compatible; sometimes you need to know when to look elsewhere for representation. It's never personal

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 1 Feb 2016

#pubtip On re-submissions: in many cases, if an agent would be willing to look at a revision, s/he will say so in the rejection letter.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 18 Jan 2016

#pubtip I wish folks would take "self" out of the term "self-published." You published your book, plain and simple. Proceed accordingly.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 18 Jan 2016

#pubtip Authors: make sure your contact info is readily available online. Agents are always reading and might want to reach out to say hello

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 19 Dec 2015

#pubtip if it's trending in books right now, the trend is already over and has been for some time.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 2 Dec 2015

#pubtip self-publishing should be an active, fully thought-out choice. It shouldn't be a resort.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 6 Nov 2015

#pubtip don't stress over finding the perfect title too much; odds are it's going to change once an editor gets hold of your MS anyway.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 18 Jul 2015

#pubtip If your thriller is about some kind of agent and some kind of terrorist, just know that it's a very crowded market and a tough sell

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 12 Apr 2015

#pubtip there's not much I can do with poetry, short stories, essays, and novellas. I imagine a fair number of agents are in the same boat.

Alec Shane @alecdshane · 4 Mar 2015

#pubtip It's great to list your achievements and accolades when querying, but be careful not to oversell yourself regarding your work